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TRF_SelimNiai
06-07-10, 10:28 PM
Bristol will begin their campaign in the British & Irish Cup with a home fixture against Midlands side Nottingham Rugby.

Last year's winners, Cornish Pirates, will kick off at Malleny Park, home of Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership 1 champions Currie before hosting Leinster - a reverse of last season's fixture at Donnybrook.
Joining Currie as new British & Irish Cup arrivals are Melrose, Esher following their promotion to the RFU Championship, Worcester Warriors after their relegation from the Guinness Premiership and Llandovery and Swansea from the Welsh Principality Premiership.

There will be five rounds as last season but an additional quarter final stage has been added with the top two from each pool progressing to the last eight.

Terry Burwell, British & Irish Cup Director, said: "The inaugural British & Irish Cup was very positively received and gave players, coaches, referees and spectators a different level of competition to what they are used to.

"Anyone who was at the final or saw it on Sky Sports saw the appetite for cross-border cup rugby and I am sure this tournament, just like the Heineken Cup in its early days, will go from strength to strength.

"We have kept the same pool framework and reversed last season's fixtures wherever possible as we promised and we have included a quarter-final so that there is a greater opportunity for more teams to progress to the knockout stages."

Pools

Pool A: Cornish Pirates, Currie, Leinster, Newport, Plymouth Albion, Worcester Warriors

Pool B: Bristol Rugby, Esher, Llanelli, Melrose, Munster, Nottingham Rugby

Pool C: Bedford Blues, London Welsh, Moseley, Neath, Swansea, Ulster

Pool D: Ayr, Birmingham & Solihull, Doncaster Knights, Llandovery, Pontypridd, Rotherham Titans

Round 1, December 11
Pool A Leinster v Plymouth Albion, Currie v Cornish Pirates, Worcester Warriors v Newport
Pool B : Bristol Rugby v Nottingham Rugby, Melrose v Munster, Esher v Llanelli
Pool C: London Welsh v Moseley, Bedford Blues v Ulster, Swansea v Neath
Pool D: Birmingham & Solihull v Doncaster Knights Knights, Rotherham Titans v Llandovery, Pontypridd v Ayr

Round 2, December 18
Pool A: Plymouth Albion v Newport, Cornish Pirates v Leinster, Currie v Worcester Warriors
Pool B: Melrose v Esher, Llanelli v Nottingham Rugby, Bristol Rugby v Munster
Pool C: Neath v Bedford Blues, Ulster v Moseley, London Welsh v Swansea
Pool D: Doncaster Knights v Rotherham, Ayr v Llandovery, Pontypridd v Birmingham & Solihull

Round 3, January 15
Pool A: Pirates v Plymouth Albion, Leinster v Worcester Warriors, Currie v Newport
Pool B: Esher v Bristol Rugby, Nottingham Rugby v Munster, Llanelli v Melrose
Pool C: Bedford Blues v London Welsh, Moseley v Swansea, Ulster v Neath
Pool D: Pontypridd v Rotherham, Llandovery v Doncaster Knights, Birmingham & Solihull v Ayr

Round 4, January 22
Pool A: Worcester Warriors v Plymouth Albion, Leinster v Currie, Newport v Pirates
Pool B: Nottingham Rugby v Melrose, Bristol Rugby v Llanelli, Munster v Esher
Pool C: Moseley v Neath, London Welsh v Ulster, Swansea v Bedford Blues
Pool D: Rotherham v Ayr, Doncaster Knights v Pontypridd, Llandovery v Birmingham & Solihull

Round 5, February 26
Pool A: Worcester Warriors v Pirates, Plymouth Albion v Currie, Newport v Leinster*
Pool B: Esher v Nottingham Rugby, Melrose v Bristol Rugby, Munster v Llanelli*
Pool C: Bedford Blues Blues v Moseley, Neath v London Welsh, Swansea v Ulster*
Pool D: Birmingham & Solihull v Rotherham, Ayr v Doncaster Knights, Llandovery v Pontypridd*

NB: It was agreed by the British & Irish Cup Organising Committee that to avoid a clash with the RBS 6 Nations matches on February 26 that the Round 5 matches marked * will be played on the weekend of October 16.

Quarter finals, March 5

Pool A Winner v Pool C Runner Up
Pool C Winner v Pool A Runner Up
Pool B Winner v Pool D Runner Up
Pool D Winner v Pool B Runner Up

Semi finals, April 23
Final, May 7

Link (http://www.bristolrugby.co.uk/6728.php)

TRF_Hulkster
06-07-10, 10:30 PM
C'mon the mighty London Welsh!

ORothlain
16-07-10, 12:58 AM
I wish they televised this series...
Any sport is more exciting when players are playing for promotion as well as the win. I think there's a lot of heart in competitions like this. Would love to see it.

TRF_SelimNiai
16-07-10, 03:26 PM
I wish they televised this series...
Any sport is more exciting when players are playing for promotion as well as the win. I think there's a lot of heart in competitions like this. Would love to see it.

There just isn't the support levels. We played Heriots at home last season and got less than 2k in. Normally we pull in 4-5k for a league game. Not enough people will watch it to justify any TV coverage other than a small bit on local news.

ORothlain
17-07-10, 03:06 AM
There just isn't the support levels. We played Heriots at home last season and got less than 2k in. Normally we pull in 4-5k for a league game. Not enough people will watch it to justify any TV coverage other than a small bit on local news.

That's gay like:
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Well, I understand. It would be nice if there was a single video feed w/o commentary or something thrown up online, or a highlights put together by the competition itself hosted online. I'll get my legal team on that.

TRF_Olyy
17-07-10, 09:54 AM
I'll get my legal team on that.
Is that just you, but in one of these:
http://www.gifts4lawyers.co.uk/mall/GiftsforLawyers/customerimages/products/1001.jpg :p